FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  Date: January 17, 2003

         Contact: Candi Clouse (217) 206-7459


UIS student groups to co-host seminar marking anniversary of Roe v. Wade

SPRINGFIELD -- On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that legalized abortion in the United States and guaranteed the right to make private decisions about childbearing. To mark the 30th anniversary of the event, two student groups at the University of Illinois at Springfield -- Women’s Issues Caucus and College Democrats -- have organized with Planned Parenthood Springfield Area to present a seminar featuring speakers from various backgrounds who will give a personal face to the right of choice.

The brownbag program is set for noon Wednesday, January 22, in conference room C/D, located in the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. In addition to a panel discussion, an open forum is planned. The seminar is free and open to the public.

Speakers include Rev. Walter B. Carlson, Barbara Hayler, Megan Hunter, and Lyn Schollett. Moderator will be Jan Droegkamp.

Carlson, a Methodist minister, is the chairperson of the Planned Parenthood Springfield Affiliate Clergy Committee and a board member of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice in Illinois.

Hayler is a professor of Criminal Justice at UIS. She has written on various aspects of abortion law, including articles for the Women’s Studies Encyclopedia and the Historical and Multicultural Encyclopedia of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States.


Hunter is a senior in the Communication program at UIS and a member of the Illinois Army National Guard. She also has an interest in counseling women.

Schollett is general counsel to the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, a statewide network of 30 rape crisis centers that has worked collaboratively with Planned Parenthood affiliates around the state to enact legislation guaranteeing rape victims access to emergency contraception.

Droegkamp is a professor in UIS’ Liberal Studies and Individual Option programs.

For more information, contact Candi Clouse, president of the UIS Women’s Issues Caucus, at (217) 206-7459.